The statisticians will launch a survey on the households` use of the Internet and computers

23.03.2006

For already the third year the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) with the financial support of the European Commission conducts a survey of households the main objective of which is to obtain information on the accessibility of computers and the Internet, the frequency of its use and objectives. As a result of the survey data will be obtained concerning the Internet use by various age groups of the population, their education qualification and kind of employment.

In order to compare the accessibility of computers and the Internet and the use activities in various European countries, statistical about the situation in each country is necessary. This survey is therefore implemented in each member state of the European Union according to a uniform methodology and the results acquired are comparable with those of other countries.

Before the start of the survey an informative letter will be mailed to households indicating the possible time when the interview might take place as well as a small booklet explaining the objective of the survey, its implementation, the possibilities of using the survey data and information about the confidentiality of individual data. Calling by the indicated telephone number, the respondent will agree on the most suitable date and time for the interview. Upon arrival to the household, the interviewer will produce his/her identity card with a photograph, pose the questions contained in the questionnaire and enter the answers in the questionnaire form.

The aggregated data obtained as a result of the survey will serve as the source of information for the government, central and local government institutions as well as for the researchers on the situation in the sector of information society in order to plan the Internet use possibilities and the related development of economic and social processes. The results will be published in the data collection "Information Society", in the database of the CSB home page and in the Statistical Yearbook of Latvia. The statistical data characterising the information and communications technology will be available in the Eurostat database (http://epp.eurostat.cec.eu.int) and in the database of the Baltic Sea region NeDAP (http://www.norden.org); these data will also be used for various international projects on information society.

The CSP urges the households to be responsive and obliging and to co-operate with the interviewers actively as every response is important for the acquisition of qualitative data.

After the compilation and analysis of survey data every inhabitant of Latvia will have a possibility to get acquainted with the results on the CSB home page (http://www.csb.gov.lv). The results of the surveys conducted in previous years are already available on the said home page.

According to the Law on State Statistics the protection of data on each person and household is guaranteed. The interviewers are forbidden to disclose any information that has come to their knowledge while fulfilling their official duties.

Prepared by the Trade and Services Statistics Department
Tel. 7366725
Ineta Kromane